Monday, May 10, 2010
The Indiana Supreme Court imposed a one-year suspension without automatic reinstatement of an attorney convicted of a second alcohol-related driving offense.The first offense took place in March 2003 and led to a stayed six-month suspension with 12 months of probation monitored by the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program. Chief Justice Shepard dissented and believed that one year of supervision was inadequate.
Chief Justice Shepard's views were vindicated by a January 2008 arrest and conviction that December. The attorney was suspended on a interim basis. Here, "[t]he suspension the Court would impose for [his] serious and serial misconduct may have been longer had this matter been submitted without a [disciplinary] agreement...If reinstatement is sought, it would likely be granted only with the involvement of and monitoring by the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program. " (Mike Frisch)